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  • Appointments stop mini cruises.
    7th June 2021 Cala Tirant, Menorca – Puerto Pollença, Mallorca via Cala Algaiarens, Cala Blanca & Cala Son Saura, Menorca What makes sailing a great lifestyle isn’t being able to spend time in shiny blue water, it’s also not about having the freedom to go where you like, when you like, or indeed having experiences…
  • We’re all going on a…… summer holiday.
    31st May 2021 Cala Teulera, Mahon, Menorca – Cala Tirant, Menorca via Illa Colom, Cala Addaya & Cala de la Olla, Menorca Aquatic life can sometimes feel like a chore. There are the miles to walk for provisions, the never-ending maintenance list and the constant checking of the weather to make sure that we and…
  • Boats sink on land not sea.
    26th May 2021 Cala Teulera, Mahon, Menorca Just imagine nipping to the shops for a pint of milk and not knowing if your home will be there when you return. As you’re picking up your essentials the foundations might be crumbling, a sinkhole could be swallowing it or it might be tumbling over a cliff…
  • The draw of big city lights.
    25th May 2021 Cala Teulera, Mahon, Menorca Some cities draw people to them by offering shopping, history, culture and museums. Our needs are much simpler we seek protection and shelter and anything else being a bonus. Mahon has not only given us shelter and protection, but also shopping, history, culture and museums. After days rocking…
  • Russian Roulette.
    19th May 2021 Soller, Mallorca – Cala Teulera, Mahon, Menorca via Sant Vincent, Mallorca & Son Saura, Menorca As Robert De Nero and Val Kilmer face off in ‘The Deer Hunter’ playing Russian roulette, the tension mounts, the stakes get higher and finally they make their escape. On Ruffian we’ve been playing our own version…
  • The speed of time.
    14th May 2021 Port de Sóller, Mallorca Time is an abstract concept and we traverse time at different speeds. Sitting for days at anchor time passed slowly in Port de Sóller. Every minute felt like months, every hour felt like eons and every night felt never-ending. While Iain nursed a face that felt like the…
  • As much fun as ‘pulling teeth’. Literally!
    9th May 2021 Puerto Cabrera, Isla Cabrera, Mallorca, Spain – Port Soller, Mallorca via Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, Spain Some days on Ruffian can be pretty spectacular. We can sail from national parks to centres of culture and religion, we can explore Neolithic ruins and timeless views. Other days however can be as painful as pulling…
  • There is more to a sandwich than bread and filling.
    3rd May 2021 Casa Basa, Ibiza, Spain – Puerto Cabrera, Isla Cabrera, Mallorca, Spain via San Antonio, Puerto De San Miguel, & Portinatx, Ibiza, Spain The perfect sandwich has a delectable construction. The central filling gives a great textural and taste contrast to the soft crusty bread that surrounds it, and the flavour of the…
  • Water music.
    28th April 2021 Palmador, Formenteara, Spain – Casa Basa, Ibiza, Spain via Sa Caixota, Ibiza Spain & Jondal, Ibiza, Spain On Ruffian we listen to an eclectic mix of music. We sometimes get sophisticated by listening to Handel, occasionally we’ll want something to liven us up and on goes the britpop, very occasionally (when Fiona…
  • When negative is positive
    24th April 2021 Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Spain – Espalmador, Formentera, Spain via Es Pujols, Formentera & Illa Redona, Formentera Usually when you fail a test you get a low score and if you preform really badly, you’ll get a negative one. A bad result can be catastrophic, change the direction of your life, stop you…